The following is a speech delivered at Swift Current city council regarding Canadian National Multiculturism Day. 

-2024, Deanna Baje, Executive Director of the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre 

"In Canada, we proudly embrace a mosaic of cultures, languages and traditions that enrich our communities and define our identity on the global stage. This spirit is evident in swift current. Our city is poised at the intersection of tradition and innovation, where multiculturalism isn't just a concept, but the way of life that propels us towards a vibrant future. 

Canada's commitment to multiculturalism is a beacon of hope and progress. It reflects our belief that diversity is not a barrier but a catalyst for growth and prosperity. In Swift Current, this principle is deeply embedded in our community fabric. 

As we look to the future, our strength lies in our ability to harness the unique perspectives and talents of every individual, regardless of their background. Swift Current's cultural exchange fosters creativity and innovation. Businesses thrive on global connections, and every resident feels valued and empowered. 

This vision isn't just aspirational. It's achievable because we have seen its seeds planted in our schools, workplaces and neighbours. Our cultural festivals, culinary delights and artistic expressions are not just celebrations, but reminders of the richness that diversity brings. 

As we embrace the future, we recognize that our success depends on inclusive policies that support newcomers amplify diverse voices and ensure equal opportunities for all. Swift Current's growth is intricately linked to our ability to welcome and integrate new ideas and perspectives by nurturing a climate of openness and respect. We laid the foundation for a resilient and dynamic community that can adapt and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Multiculturalism in Swift Current isn't merely about coexistence, it's about collaboration. It's about bridging divides and building bridges, bridges that connect us to new markets, new innovations, and new horizons. Our diversity isn't a challenge to overcome, but a strength to leverage, propelling us forward as we tackle the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. 

In closing, let us reaffirm our commitment to Canadian multiculturalism and its transformative power in shaping Swift Current."